GAP! is an after school program that provides a place for girls to practice confidence, competence, and community building.
Raising Girls is a forum in which parents, caregivers and educators share research-based best practices for rearing healthy, confident, thriving girls.
Thrive promotes healthy relationships for high school girls through education, awareness, and advocacy.
GAP! programming is based off of critical research done around today’s most successful women from many walks of life. It is clear that thriving women possess three characteristics that allow her to become a ninja in her life endeavors: competence, confidence, and community connectedness. Girls need opportunities to practice difficult relational navigation. They need to understand that their actions matter and have consequence. Girls need a place to fail safely. Our meetings are designed to increase a girl’s self awareness and social intelligence so that her sense of agency is increased and her inner voice is not silenced. Meetings are also designed to get into the community actively experiencing what it has to offer and who it is made of, while strengthening relationships new and old.
Raising Girls typically hosts three events a year to inspire thought and dialogue to help girls thrive. Past events include:
Let’s face it, there are loads of influences in the world today that make girls feel pressure to be perfect — the perfect friend, daughter, student, athlete, girlfriend, employee; to have the perfect body, hair, grades, personality, clothes, car, skin, boyfriend, family, friends, job.
In a world where social media extends the pressure to be perfect in every aspect of her life, all hours of the day, things can get a little out of hand.
How does a girl cope? It often involves something to do with an (unfortunate) habit of silencing the inner voice, and succumbing to terrible eating habits, unhealthy relationships (friends, boyfriends, sexual partners), and getting drunk or high. This then leads to depression, anxiety, and overall poor mental health, while still attempting to wear the mask of the “perfect girl”. Exhausted yet?
Thrive is here to help! Weekend and day retreats, group discussions and meetings will explore the power of emotional intelligence in relationships. We’ll practice how to turn conflict (the “C” word!) into positive change. We’ll discuss eating disorders, the gender wage gap, misrepresentation of women in just about everything, and the sense of agency that is here to provide a new vision for future women. One that comes from what women think women should look like, act like, and sound like. (Because up to this point, these images primarily come from men designing billboards, movies, government, television shows, magazines, sport programs, and books.)